Teacher of the Month: Kasey Baker, Wetumpka Elementary School

Teacher of the month RRP April 2023

For 19 years, Kasey Baker has been an extraordinary teacher who exudes passion for shaping young lives and guiding them into successful futures. For fifteen years, she’s been fortunate to serve as a third-grade teacher. She graduated from Auburn University of Montgomery with a double major in early childhood and elementary education. She felt drawn to teach at Wetumpka Elementary because that’s where her child attends. She wanted to contribute to the community in which she lives by dedicating her time and energy to the people surrounding her.

Mrs. Baker teaches all subjects, but she has a love for STEM. Projects are fun experiences she incorporates into her classroom. She shares,

“Science is always fun because you can do experiments and be hands-on. I also love bringing the past to life for my kids. While teaching social studies, I love telling students about monumental figures that have changed our world and opening their eyes to events that have shaped the world we live in brings me joy.”

Mrs. Baker’s passion for learning means wearing many hats, especially post-Covid, with kids having more social-emotional needs. She feels students spent so much time away from school that the gaps they have to fill could mean teaching one student on a first-grade level and another on a second-grade level. She’s learned to meet them where they are and push them to where they need to be.

“You have to be versatile and able to adapt and overcome all obstacles to help meet the needs of your students,” she explains.

Mrs. Baker desires to be an effective teacher. She values her classroom time and dedicates it to quality learning. She prefers to avoid mundane worksheets, as she wants her students to be active and interested to learn daily. Her mission is to continue developing her expertise. She also admires what younger teachers bring and encourages them to rely on veteran teachers for challenging cases that need a resolution.

Kasey Baker is married to Jessie Baker for fifteen years and they have two children: Eli (7) and Luke (5). She grew up near Lake Martin, went to school in Electic, and graduated from Elmore County High School.


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